WFC Scheme

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What we're doing

The Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme (the scheme) was designed in 1949 and was completed in 1969. It was valued by Council in 2009 at $35.7 million which excluded the 638 hectares of land owned by Council as part of the scheme. 

The scheme is considered to be one of Council’s most valuable assets. It protects some 10,000 hectares of fertile floodplain land and has increased the amount of land being used for high yield horticultural purposes.

The scheme includes 64km of stopbank and associated pipes located approximately between Te Karaka township and the Waipaoa river mouth.

About the project

The project is designed to improve capacity of the existing flood control scheme and: 

♦ increase the top width of the existing stopbanks from 1.5m to 4m and raise the height between 1-2 metres in some places
♦ maintain flood protection for a one-in-100-year flood event (or a 1% chance of that sized storm occurring in any one year)
♦ account for the effects of climate change out to 2090 (2.1 degrees warming climate and 0.67m seal level rise)
♦ address river bank erosion

For more information and to see the project timeline The Waipaoa Flood Protection Scheme [PDF, 555 KB]

Project timeline

26 October 2018 - resource consent approved to undertake the stopbank improvements. Resource consent declined for the provision to allow for cycle trails to be constructed along the stopbanks.

December 2018 - Tender for stage 1 area of the stopbank improvements awarded to local company Earthworks Solutions Ltd.

February - June 2019: 2.1km of stopbanks raising and widening earthworks completed on first section of eastern stopbank (approx between Ford and Bruce roads).

Summer 2019/20: Construction continues from Waipaoa River mouth working upstream along the eastern stopbank (5-8km per summer ongoing).

October 2019 - Dec 2019: 2km of stopbanks raised and widened on eastern stopbank (between Bruce and Ferry roads) 

January 2020 - 2031: Construction continues upstream of the KiwiRail Bridge along the eastern stopbank, then 6-8km each summer ongoing until 2031.

2031: Project completed and scheme fully operational.  

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